After making a number of moves to address their key needs this offseason, the Chiefs actually don't have as many holes as you would expect a 2-14 team to be left with. Alex Smith will be the starting quarterback, so Geno Smith is likely out with the No. 1 pick. Dwayne Bowe will as the No. 1 receiver, the linebackers appear set, and Branden Albert has been given the franchise tag.
Still, most experts seem to believe that Kansas City will draft a left tackle with the No. 1 overall pick. But which one?
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The consensus top tackles available are Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. It seems as though Joeckel may be more polished tackle and ready to step in, while Fisher could have the most upside in the draft. Despite giving Albert the franchise tag, it's not too far-fetched to assume that he will be moved to right tackle after the release of Eric Winston, or possibly to guard. It would immediately give the Chiefs a formidable offensive line similar to the one they had earlier in the decade with Brian Waters and company.
Half of the mock drafters at CBS Sports are projecting Joeckel, and half are projecting Fisher. Which one will it be? Here's the opinion of Pete Prisco, who thinks it will be Joeckel:
I still think that with Brandon Albert getting the franchise tag, they take the safe player here. Don't forget Albert has back issues.
I had two coaches tell me Fisher was their top tackle, and a reliable source tell me that Fisher over Luke Joeckel for the top spot. No one knows for sure and either man would be a solid pick.
Which tackle will it be? Well, since it is still March, let's just assume that it might not be a tackle at all. And if it is, it's too early to tell who has the early lead anyway. It's that close.